Winter programme in energy field provides for 6.5bn lei for fuels

The Government has approved recently the Winter Programme in energy fields for ensuring the safe functioning of the National Electricity System (SEN) in the 1 October 2008 – 31 March 2009 period, which requires a total financing of 6.502bn lei for buying fuels, a Government’s release informs.
Out of this sum, 4.774bn lei will come from the Government’s own sources, 75 m lei from loans and 1.653bn lei from the local budgets and the state budget. The programme’s main objectives are the evaluation of the country’s electricity and thermalenergy consumption in the next winter, with the view of ensuring its functioning under normal conditions.
In the case of electricity consumption in the October 2008 – March 2009 period, it is estimated to grow by an average 3% versus the consumption in the 2007-2008 winter. The electricity producers voiced willingness to cover an increased median consumption. In this context, the quantities of coal provided for in the fuel balance can be considered sufficient, with the lakes to be protected, if necessary.
In the case of thermal energy, the estimates received from the thermal power stations that belong to the local public administration, which ensures over 70% of the population’s heating demand, is characterized by the same consumption as in the 2007-2008 winter.
The necessary minimum stockpiles to be recorded on 1 October 2008 stand at over 3.252 million tonne of lignite, 301,038 tonnes of pitcoal and 337,325 tonnes of heating fuel. The reservoirs have a filling degree of 65%, and the equivalent electric energy in the reservoirs stands at 1.849 million MWh. The volume of the stored natural gas amounts to 3.15bn cubic meters.
For an efficient functioning of the producers involved in ensuring the consumption demand, the National Energy Regulatory Authority will take the necessary measures for the correlated and harmonized operation of the electricity and natural gas markets, so that the producers of electricity and thermal energy do not incur losses caused by interruptions.
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